What does LOW self-esteem look like?

If we have low self-esteem or confidence, we may hide ourselves away from social situations, stop trying new things, or avoid things we find challenging. In the short term, avoiding challenging and difficult situations might make us feel safe. However In the longer term, this can backfire because it reinforces our underlying doubts and fears. It teaches us the unhelpful rule that the only way to cope is by avoiding things.